Speaker Ryan Says President Wanted Bipartisan Deal in Wake of Harvey CSPAN September 7, 2017 11:39am-11:52am EDT
speaker ryan: good morning. yesterday i spoke with governor abbott of texas to discuss the recovery efforts following hfer. -- hurricane harvey. i relayed how inspired we all are by the people of his state. it is something to see. i express our commitment to quickly provide resources to the region. in addition, i spoke with our delegates from puerto rico and the virgin islands about the devastation that is occurring right now with hurricane irma. this morning i spoke with president trump about the urgency of our relief efforts. it's a gad thing, but with new technology, fema is moving money faster than ever before. that is why there's a sense of urgency to get this relief package done. right now we're thinking about everybody in irma's path.
this hurricane, 185 miles per hour. our thoughts and prayers are with the people in the path of this current hurricane. this morning, we had another productive meeting. that's why i was late. we had another productive meeting between the white house, senate, and house on tax reform. this is our number one priority this fall. as you may have heard me say earlier, we want americans to begin a gnaw year with a new tax system. it is high time, been done since 1986. and the rest of the world has passed our country on. it's time we get back in the game of being competitive. and we'll get faster economic growth when we do this. these about growth. it's about fairness. it's about finally giving american families a tax break. lastly, i want to take a moment to highlight a new report from the commission on evidence-based policymaking. this is something i consider very, very important. this has been a personal project of mine. senator patty murray and i came tgget to start this panel.
the mission here is to completely re-examine the way government solves problems. you lack at something like the war on poverty. something like we have been at this for decades but the needle has barely move. washington is just stuck in this endless feedback loop where we measure success based on effort, input. how much money are we spending? how many programs have we created? how many people are on those programs? we cling to that when we ought to focus on outcomes. are these programs working? in this case are we getting people out of poverty? this report, the promise of evidence-based policymaking, this report lays out a blueprint for doing that. i'm excited about the potential for more bipartisan progress here. what we should be doing as policymakers is focus on outcomes and results, not just based on input and effort. patty and i will talk about this later in the capitol today. this is something i think is high time in coming with big
data, analytics, the tools we have in technology. we ought to be able to get our policy focus in actually achieving the results we intend not just hoping but actually doing. that's what this is all about. questions? >> does that mean you are going to be taking a bipartisan approach on tax reform? speaker ryan: i hope the democrats join us on tax reform. that's fantastic if they do. we're going to go the path we have been playing on tax reform. i heard from a few democrats that they like what we're talking about. reporter: speaker ryan, after yesterday's meeting with the president, do you believe that you have a trustworthy negotiating partner in the president that takes into account the interest -- sideline -- speaker ryan: i do. isn't it a gad thing that congressional leaders talk? that's probably a pretty good thing. number one. number two, the president made clear what he was aiming for in that meeting yesterday was a
bipartisan moment while the country is facing two horrible hurricanes. so what he made clear to us he didn't want to have -- personally i think the debt limit and credit market, the longer, the better. my strong opinion. but he was interested in making sure that this is a bipartisan moment while we respond to these hurricanes. he made that clear. that's what his motivation was. reporter: you described the plan to bundle harvey relief with a raise in the debt ceiling as ridiculous and disgraceful. speaker ryan: i short-term debt limit. i'm worried about the credit markets and in doing this on a short-term basis, short-term basis, we can't keep doing it that way. i think what the president basically expressed is at this moment when we just had a massive hurricane hit texas and louisiana, we got one that just hit the virgin islands, pork porks, and now florida -- puerto rico, and now florida, when you
look at the cone of this hurricane it can be anywhere from georgia to south carolina. that is a tough moment for our country. we need to make sure the government responds to people until the president wanted to make sure that we are going together as republicans and democrats to respond to this. i was making an economic point which is, with respect to the credit markets, stability and longevity are key. reporter: yesterday's immediating president trump apparently proposed the idea of scrapping future debt limit votes. is that something that you could get behind? speaker ryan: no. i won't get into a proper conversation we had. there is a legitimate role for the power of the purse. that's something we defend here in congress. reporter: texas has about $10 billion sitting around in its rainy day fund. they are not holding a special session to get into it. shouldn't they have to tap some of that money before this round or future round of federal aid?
speaker ryan: i won't get into what they have. i spoke with the governor last night. what we know is the disaster reserve fund, this isn't just for harvey, this is for all disasters, and we have got more than just one disaster occurring in this country, especially today than what's going on in texas. what's happening is, unlike katrina, where i don't think iphones existed then, people on their smart phones are quickly applying for their fema relief. and those applications are being approved. and money is going out the door at such a faster face than we ever experienced before, to the point where o.m.b. is telling us, fema could run out of money as early as tomorrow and no later than tuesday. that is basically the projections we're getting from homeland and o.m.b. we have a treasury secretary who is worried about the borrowing limit, the cash flow these payments to fema, particularly now that there is a new hurricane hitting this country today.
so those are the concerns that trump everything else, no pun intended. those are the concerns that prevail over everything else. that is why we have this issue in front of us. reporter: shouldn't texas anti-up? -- ante up? sprine: i'm sure they are going to. reporter: changing the subject. in august the president committed to afghanistan. you know for months and years there's been discussion about a new aumf here. do you think because of the president's decision to recommit to afghanistan and because of the nature of -- sprine: good question. reporter: do you think -- you previously said that you think the administration has the authority to do what they do. now that they have recommitted -- sprine: i think that's our interest to have a new one. i want to make sure it works for our war fighters, that works for the men and women we're asking to go into harm's way. and we do it in such a way it doesn't put them in jeopardy.
reporter: what would that look like? speaker ryan: i think the administration should take the lead. i didn't like the one obama wrote, president obama, because i thought he was tying the military's hands behind their backs. didn't like the deadline because that puts our military into arrest. what matters in my opinion is that we have one that respects the fight that we have in front of us, which is multicontact. we have isis in libya, we have isis in the arabian peninsula, central asia, we have a lot of fights on our hands. we had to engage in in order to keep the american people safe. i think the president recognizes this threat. i think the president through a long analysis recognized the need to go a better, different way in afghanistan. i think in afghanistan i think the best description of the last 16 years in afghanistan is we have had 16 one-year strategies in afghanistan. we need to have a real strategy in afghanistan that shows what victory looks like on how we keep ourselves safe and deny terrorists safe havens.
and an aumf should reflect that. reporter: as far as daca is concerned, any potential legislation in the next six months, did the president make it clear he's looking for any type of wall funding to be added to this? how did the democrat leadership react to that? speaker ryan: i'm not going to get into our meeting yesterday. it was a proper conversation. we as republicans, i feel safe saying the administration agrees is, remember daca is a symptom of a problem. we don't have control of our borders. while we deal with this issue, which the president gave congress time to deal with, i think it's only reasonable that we deal with the root cause of the problem, open borders, uncontrolled borders. we need to control our borders while we deal with this problem so that we don't have the same problem 10 years from now. that's just perfectly reasonable. it wasn't too long ago that i
think a lot of democrats agreed with us we should have operational control of our borders. reporter: should the border funding be included in -- speaker ryan: funding the border is part of controlling the border. reporter: democrats have said that some of their power and negotiation comes from having consensus among their members. are you worried that divisions among republicans -- do you think you'll get a majority of republicans to vote for the combined package this week? speaker ryan: we haven't done the whip on this. i don't know the answer to your question about the vote count. we all thought we had more time, obviously, to deal with the debt limit issue and that's before the hurricanes hit. when these hurricanes hit and we saw the new numbers coming in from fema, that changed the entire calculation. so the president made it a game call yesterday that he thought it was in our country's interest to have a bipartisan support, in a bipartisan package to deal with these ongoing hurricane
disasters. so that is where we're right now. and, look, hurricanes don't discriminate between republicans and democrats. hurricanes just hit people. they hit americans. and we have an obligation to respond to this. thank you very much, everybody. appreciate it. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> if you missed any of the remarks watch any time online at c-span.org. the house is in recess now. they'll return in a couple minutes to start legislative work at noon eastern. members today continuing debate on h.r. 3354. it contains eight of the 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government and related agencies. members worked through four of the eight yesterday. they hope to finish the entear package by the end of the week. the focus today will include over 220 amendments made in order. those are expected throughout the day. and -- votes are expected throughout the day and it will